East Coast shipper Rusty Slipper provided an upset in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Del Mar Nov. 21, closing in the stretch to capture the 1 3/8-mile turf test.
Stabling issues in California, which have been at or near the center of several disputes involving the state's tracks this year, finally came to a head at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 19.
Los Alamitos Race Course will not be able to support the 2016 editions of the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and the Starlet (gr. I), track official Brad McKinzie said during a California Horse Racing Board session Nov. 19.
Incidents make tough game even tougher.
A step down in class should make Hronis Racing's Elektrum a formidable favorite in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 21 at Del Mar.
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Two-time grade II winner Pretty N Cool was the headliner entering the $100,000 Dezi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 15 at Del Mar, but another hot prospect stole the show.
Toews On Ice had already showed his talent in two runaway stakes wins earlier this fall, but he showed his heart Nov. 14 at Del Mar.
Stakes winning juvenile Toews On Ice will take his first step into graded stakes company Nov. 14 at Del Mar in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (gr. III).
Alert Bay, recent winner of the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, will prep for the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 27 at Del Mar with a loaded no-conditions allowance race Nov. 6 at Golden Gate.
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A winner in her last five starts over synthetic footing, HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing's Living The Life will head back to the Southern California turf Nov. 1 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
Yearlings by Good Journey, Street Boss, and Stormin Fever each brought six figures as the top three prices at the Oct. 27 Barretts Sales fall sale of yearlings, horses of racing age, and broodmares held at Del Mar.
Barretts Sales has expanded its traditional October yearling sale to include horses of racing age and broodmares in the first edition of the auction at Del Mar Oct. 27.
Grade I winner and Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Big Macher turned in an easy five-furlong move in 1:01 2/5 Oct. 5 at Santa Anita.
The auction of 270 horses, including 210 yearlings, will be held Oct. 27 starting at 11 a.m. PDT on the grounds of Del Mar.
California Horse Racing Board commissioner George Krikorian's Big Book has been disqualified from her victory in the July 25 Fleet Treat at Del Mar because of a test that showed elevated levels of acepromazine.
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Del Mar raced to a close of its 76th summer season on Labor Day, completing a 40-day meet that saw total handle figures rise by nearly 10% thanks to four additional race days.
Reddam Racing's Nyquist, the 1-2 favorite, wins the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) under wraps. The son of first-crop sire Uncle Mo covers the seven furlongs in 1:23.28.
Corey Nakatani took off his mounts for the remainder of the Sept. 7 closing-day card at Del Mar after his mount in the third race, Tirpitz, fell in the stretch of the five-furlong turf race.
She's Not Here is by Street Cry, sire of the 2010 Horse of the Year, and out of the champion's half sister.
K. B. Sareen's Om took the field gate to wire to win the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6, flipping the script on rival Prospect Park, who took their last meeting in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) Aug. 9.
Fox Hill Farm's Songbird upstaged the West Coast's best 2-year-old fillies with a commanding victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 5.
There will be no shortage of hope surrounding the 68th running of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the seaside racetrack's closing day, Sept. 7.
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund might have been forgotten by some in the aftermath of stablemate American Pharoah's Triple Crown run, but the massive son of Big Brown could be getting primed for a fall campaign.
Barretts will conduct six sales at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in 2016, the first year that all Barretts sales will be held at the Del Mar location.
Eight fillies and mares with graded stakes credentials are scheduled to enter the gate for the $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IIT), but only one in the full field of 12 is 3 years old and she may be the one to beat.
Three familiar runners will try to take down breakthrough La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Prospect Park in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6.
Santa Anita Park's stable area, which has been closed for renovations since mid-July, will reopen Sept. 4. Horses must be out of the Del Mar stables by Sept. 11.
Bob Baffert-trained Pretty N Cool will draw more than enough attention in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I), but the daughter of Scat Daddy will face a group of talented and diverse challengers Sept. 5.
Spendthrift Farm has set 2016 fees for two of its most popular stallions. Into Mischief's fee will rise $10,000 to $45,000 and Malibu Moon's fee of $95,000 will be the same as last year's.
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Triple Crown champion American Pharoah will parade at Del Mar between races Sept. 6, the next-to-last day of the California track's 40-day summer meet.
Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind heavily outclassed the rest of the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) on paper and showed it on the track at Del Mar Aug. 30 with an easy victory.
Tiz Love became the first winner for Slew's Tiznow when he won the fourth race at Del Mar Aug. 29.
"She's running for Rett Syndrome. She's running for my girls and our family. She's going to do amazing things. Nobody can tell me any different. She's the underdog and so are our girls."
Hronis Racing's grade I winner Stellar Wind towers over a field of five other 3-year-old fillies in the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes (gr. III) Aug. 30 at Del Mar.
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Donato Lanni and John Youngblood's Avanzare shrugged off a nearly seven-month layoff to claim his second straight grade II turf score in the $200,000 Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 23.
Trainer Richard Mandella was still all smiles a day after Beholder devastated males in the Pacific Classic (gr. I).
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will head to Saratoga Race Course for the Aug. 29 Travers Stakes (gr. I), his connections announced Aug. 23 after the colt worked at Del Mar.
Big John B powered past two rivals in the stretch to win the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) by a widening 1 1/2 lengths, taking the 1 3/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and older a second straight year Saturday, Aug. 22.
Grade I winner Wild Dude got within a head of front-running Appealing Tale in the stretch during the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes at Del Mar, but the pacesetter re-rallied on the rail to secure his first graded victory.
After scratching Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's Obviously from the Aug. 23 Del Mar Mile Handicap, trainer Phil D'Amato said the 7-year-old gelding is doing just fine. The scratch reason was a change of plans.
Judy Wagner, the first and only horseplayers' representative on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Board of Directors, was re-appointed to a three-year term at the organization's annual meeting Aug. 22 at Del Mar.
National Thoroughbred Racing Association officials reinforced the organization's impartial position on potential federal drug oversight in a legislative briefing with horsemen, owners, and horseplayers at Del Mar Aug. 21.
Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino's two-time grade I winner Obviously will make his 2015 debut in the Del Mar Mile Handicap (gr. IIT), a race he has won twice, Aug. 23 at Del Mar.
Trainer Richard Mandella said he'd try two-time champion Beholder against males in the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), as long as she showed she was ready three weeks after her romp in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I).
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